Passenger jet diverted after reported bomb threat
Salt Lake City: A United Airlines passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City after an undisclosed security alert, federal officials said.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor on Thursday said United flight 741 from Denver to San Francisco landed "safely and uneventfully" at Salt Lake City International Airport at around 9:45 am (1645 GMT).
The FAA would not comment on the nature of the security alert although local media reported the scare was triggered after the discovery of a note containing a bomb threat.
An airport spokeswoman said the mid-air emergency was declared after a flight attendant discovered the note, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The 193 passengers and six crew were ushered off the plane as FBI agents, police and sniffer dogs began combing the aircraft.
The incident comes amid heightened aviation security in the United States following the failed Detroit bombing in December.
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